Ready for the first game of the FIDE World Chess Championship? Or should we say Chempionship? @asimpereira: Installed WC app and a shocker on the 1st screen! “Chempionship”? Seriously??
Now that’s a great start of the match. Thank god you cannot do anything wrong with the countdown clock. Can you?
@LennartOotes:“Ehh @theworldchess, maybe it’s a plan to adjust the countdown clock on your website & iOS app? We’re starting 2pm EST right? That’s 2h 45m..”
Damn, forgot to adjust the time back to standard time.
@seitenschach: “The live coverage of the #CarlsenKarjakin is off to a rocky start – the (pay wall) official site isn’t working. Bad news for #FIDE and #Agon”. @sixhat: “The WC website reveals 3 things: arrogance, incompetence, and greed.”
Two hours after the start of the first game, @theworldchess tweeted: “We deeply apologize for the black out of online broadcast at the beginning of the match. Things are fixed and working now”.
Let’s go to the game, shall we? @JakeDarmanin: “Grab your popcorn. One of the sickest chess championships is about to start.”
@JonathanRowson: “After a long gruelling week, what a treat to discover (I’m out of the loop) that the World Chess Championship has begun”.
Surprise, Magnus plays…. what? Let’s ask Malcolm Pein, @telegraphchess: “Magnus decides to stomp with the Tromp”.
It did not take long before these tweets came: @MeloMann1971: “Magnus opens with TRUMPovsky against Putin’s boy !! @jeremy_heckt: “Magnus Carlsen trolling America by opening the World Chess Championship in NY with the Trompowsky attack. Lol.”
Twitpic courtesy of @mitxxxael
@GMjtis: “Henrik Carlsen has just said he wonders if the Tromp is a typical Magnus pun to refer to the US election.”
@JimTrowbridge: You’re pretty danged relaxed if you let a pun decide your choice of opening for Game 1 of WCC.
@stephenleary: I’d be really disappointed if Carlsen was as nutty about US politics as Gary Kasparov.
But hey, who cares about moves?
@DaveEwart: Magnus has a nice shirt & jacket, no tie. Sergey has nice shirt & jacket, *black tie*. An interesting strategy, to be sure. An interesting question was tweeted by @sehr_schwierig: “What do u think of a marriage between Carlsen and Taylor Swift?”
@Joeryan007 does not believe in chess training, he believes in chairs: “I am really impressed with those fancy chairs the players have. I think one of those would improve my play immensely. “
When people start tweeting about these subjects, away from the game, it means that there is not really much going on. After three hours, an equal looking position was reached around move 20. What’s your take @JonathanRowson? “It’s a real advantage. Small but enduring. If I was White v Magnus I wouldn’t take a draw here. And that’s saying something! ” Let’s ask Nigel: @nigelshort: “The World Champion is trying the technique of what Spassky refers to as squeezing one testicle at a time.”
@TomosOwen1: “Carlsen putting the squeeze on. He loves these long endgame grinds in seemingly drawish positions. Eyes down; settle in.”
However, nothing much happened anymore, not in the game and not on Twitter. @MikaelsenMD: “Make remis great again!”
@prajwln: Trompowsky had ‘little bit’ to do with Donald Trump. Was the joke really worth it? #Zzzzzzz
The second game will be played on Saturday. Will we see more computer moves? @vemundh: “1st round almost only stockfish moves wow!! The game is on. It’s going to be a new great game tonight”.
One last tweet from India: @reachvsara, and look at the hashtag:#CarlsenKarjakin are grt, but this is the first world championship @vishy64theking is not battling since 2007 – 9 Years! #IMissMyVishy